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Ian Mitchell-Innes at Misty Brook Farm!

June 13-14th 2017

Join us to learn from world-renowned grazing expert Ian Mitchell-Innes.

Capture Free Energy with Management

Energy is Money & Money is Energy

This two-day intensive will cover:

Livestock, Soil Life, & Energy

Animal Performance & High Density Grazing

Land as Solar Panel & Planned Grazing

Infrastructure & Profits

Planning the Biological Calendar with Nature to save Money

Farm Lunch Included!

Who?

Ian Mitchell-Innes is a native of South Africa where he has spent decades managing his ranch and cattle. Through trial and error, he eventually settled on Holistic Management and Mob Grazing. He is here to help us recognize week links, take advantage of solar energy, and make our farms more profitable.

Where?

Misty Brook Farm 156 Bog Rd Albion, ME 04910

A diversified organic family farm producing milk, cream, eggs, pork, beef, veal, lamb, & grains.

When?

Tuesday June 13th 9am-5pm

Wednesday June 14th 9am-5pm

Ian has a power point presentation and asked that participants bring colored pens. We will spend some time in a classroom setting and some time out in the pastures. Bring your questions!

Cost?

$275 per farm family

Please mail a check to register.

We are just like everyone else holding things together with bale twine, so this just covers paying Ian. If, you can afford more, consider sponsoring another farm!

Lunch?

We will provide the main meat and salad. If there is anything else you would like to share, bring it along!

Questions?

Contact us!

Katia & Brendan Holmes

207-437-4719

mistybrookorganicfarm@yahoo.com

Microburst Storm at Misty Brook

A severe storm hit the heart of Misty Brook at 6pm on July 28th, 2015. It looked like a thunderstorm, but arrived like a hurricane. When it hit there was no visibility. Plum size hale, torrential, rain, and 70 mile per hour winds whipped and pummeled the farm in all directions. This down blast lasted 10 minutes and when it ceased there was mayhem.

Our garden soil flowed down the hill as we rounded up all the shell shocked livestock that had run through their fences. With power lined down everywhere, we got the tractor hooked to the generator and milked the cows late. By the time we were done it was dark and the cows spent the night in the barn.Summer Onions

The next days were spent surveying our losses with the insurance adjuster, USDA support, and friends. We have tarped roofs, fixed fence, and tried to find a semblance of normal. We are thankful that no humans were hurt.

Here is a List of the Damage from the Microburst:

Crop Loss – Not Insured

  • Vegetables in the Field $36,000
  • Grain Crops in the Field $15,000
  • Pasture was ready to graze and will need time to recover, especially clover and alfalfa.
  • Hay damaged in the barns that lost roofing.

 

Oats

Dry Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Livestock Loss – Partial Compensation from USDABarn View

  • 62 Broilers found dead.
  • 17 Layers found dead, plus lost egg production.
  • No Cows, Pigs, Sheep, or Horses were harmed, but milk production is down due to stress & pasture loss.

Infrastructure

  • Vegetable Wash Shed – Roof was blown away and the wiring went with it. This building was not insured.
  • Hay Barn – Roofing was blown all over the farm. Insured with a $5,000 deductible.pig shelter
  • Heifer Barn – Roof was torn open and shredded. Insured with a $2,500 deductible.
  • Temporary Shelters – Blown away and smashed. No insurance.
  • Pig Shelter $2,000
  • Sheep Shelter $800
  • Broiler Camper $500
  • Fencing was destroyed by up-rooted trees and will require posts, wire, and labor to repair.
  • 2 chicken range feeders were blown away and smashed $200.

Wash Shed

Shed Roof

 

How Can You Help?Hay Barn

  • Our priorities are to clean up the mess and repair the buildings. It is too late in the season to replant most of the vegetable and grain crops. We would love volunteer help to clean up the broiler camper, temporary shelters, and roofing that is strewn across the farm.
  • We need financial help to rebuild the vegetable wash shed in time for fall root crop harvest and to meet the deductibles on the barns so that we can keep our animals safe, well fed, and warm this winter.

Our cash flow will suffer from the vegetable, crop, and livestock losses, but we have faith in our friends, customers, and the healing of time.

Many thanks,        The Misty Brook Farm Family

   Moo, Oink, Baa, Neigh, Cluck…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMail Donations to:

Misty Brook Farm
156 Bog Road
Albion, ME 04910

Contact us at:

207-437-4719
mistybrookorganicfarm@yahoo.com
 
 
 

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Misty Brook Farm

We are a 400 acre certified organic farm in Albion, Maine.  Our focus is producing high quality staple foods that satisfy all the requirements of a healthy, balanced diet.  Certified Organic 100% grass-fed raw Jersey cow’s milk and cream, 100% grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, milk-fed rose veal, pasture raised chicken and eggs, four-season vegetables, stone milled whole grain flours, dry beans and more!  None of our cow’s receive any grain.  To supplement the pasture based forage, our chickens and pigs are fed certified organic soy-free grain on a free choice basis as well as our own milk-soaked home grown whole grains!  We use our own compost from animals and plants to enrich the soil and promote healthy pastures. Our compost is enlivened by Biodynamic preparations to encourage healthy microbial activity and create a balanced organic fertilizer. Our crops and animals move across the farm in a rotation. This keeps both the crops and animals disease free and prevents soil depletion.
The crops are the breath of the farm, and the animals are the heartbeat!

 

A letter from Brendan and Katia

March 5th, 2013

Dear Friends and Customers,

We have exciting news! After searching high and low for many years we have found a farm in Albion, ME that we are purchasing. This farm has 200 acres of prime certified organic agricultural fields, 200 acres of beautiful woodlands, many barns, and a house at the heart of the farm. Over the years we have rented land here, there, and everywhere. Some years we have gained land and some years we have lost land. We have spread compost and improved fields only to lose them the next year. It will relieve a lot of stress for us to have our own home farm with a good land base that we can count on. On the new farm we will be more efficient as we will no longer be driving tractors 18 miles down the road to make hay and trailering animals all over the place to pasture. We will be able to use the draft horses more, too! We will continue to grow all of our own forage as well as growing more of our own grains. With the land in one place we will be putting our livestock in our crop rotation, which will improve both crop and livestock health. Balancing our crop and livestock rotations will bring about an even higher level of fertility to the land as well as nutrition in the foods we offer.

We appreciate all of your support through the years and we need your continued support as we make the transition to our new farm. We will continue to rent the farm on Springhill Road in Barre, MA as long as possible.  Some of our Jersey girls will stay and we will continue to offer the raw milk as well as our diverse array of foods at our Barre farm stand through the 2013 season. We plan to be at the Union Square Somerville Farmers’ Market again every Saturday 9am to 1pm from June 1st through November 23rd. We will be opening a new farm stand in the very southern town of Eliot, ME. For some of you this will be closer than our current farm stand. We will also be opening a farm stand at our new farm in Albion, ME and attending farmers’ markets in central Maine. In May we will start milking a small portion of our Jersey herd in Maine and raw milk will be available at our Albion and Eliot farm stands as well as the Barre, MA farm stand. We will be offering CSA shares as well as retail sales in all of these locations. We will be updating our website regularly, so check www.mistybrook.com to keep abreast of our progress.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We look forward to this new adventure in providing our friends and customers with the best food possible!

Katia, Brendan, Alister, John, and the Misty Brook Farm Crew

Moo, Oink, Cluck!

Our New Farm!

100% Grass-fed Raw Jersey Cows Milk

Our certified organic herd of Jersey cows is 100% grass-fed.  They make stunning milk and cream which we sell raw in our farm stand, at farmers markets and in natural foods stores around the state.  High in vitamins, minerals and beautiful golden butter fat–our cows will surely win your heart!

For a list of stores in addition to our farm shop where our milk is sold, click here!

 

Misty Brook Farm Family

Meet the Holmes Family: Brendan, Katia and their three boys, Alister, Johnny, and William.  Brendan and Katia have been farming together since the early 2000′s.  Their business was born in Barre, MA on rented land and has found it’s forever home on their recently purchased farm in Albion, ME.